Elizabeth Whitford


Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth leads the work of SOWA and its vision of creating an equitable expanded learning ecosystem across the state.


Before joining School’s Out Washington, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director of Arts Corps—a nationally recognized arts education and youth development organization. From 2008 through 2017, she worked to move their vision, strategies and programs toward greater depth, efficacy and social justice impact. Prior to Arts Corps, Elizabeth focused on building voice and capacity within oppressed Northwest communities  as the founding operations director for a Northwest Native foundation, Potlatch Fund, and as the executive director of Odyssey Youth Center in Spokane, Washington. She is honored to be part of a movement to elevate the vital work and staff of expanded learning programs.